In the mid 1980s, a young singer debuted with her first album and her first of many chart hits with Saving All My Love For You by Whitney Houston.
The second single from her self-titled album produced by Michael Masser, the song was written by Masser and Gerry Goffin.
The song was originally performed seven years earlier by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. for their album Marilyn & Billy. When Masser heard Houston sing his song The Greatest Love of All, he wanted her to sing Saving All My Love For You as part of her debut album.
The song details a woman’s affair with a married man; Houston later revealed she had suffered through the situation herself.
The album was released February 14, 1985 by Arista Records, and this second single was released in August 1985, after a bet between Masser and the head of Arista Records Clive Davis. Masser said if the audience responded to the song during Houston’s performance in Los Angeles, Davis would choose this song as the second single.
Saving All My Love For You quickly climbed the Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart to reach the number one spot in early September; in October the song hit the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song was nominated for a Grammy and Houston was the winner in 1986 of the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. She also won an American Music Award and the song was certified gold.
Saving All My Love for You became the first of seven record-breaking consecutive number one singles in the USA for Whitney Houston, a record that still stands. Listen to the Whitney Houston version here.